American Faces No. 88
Steph Page is an incredible ray of light in this world. She is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Stories Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that engages communities to fight human trafficking by using business to bring awareness about trafficking and to support the work through fundraising. Steph believes that every story has value, and that by embracing our own story and sharing it with others we can take a positive step towards changing the stories of injustice in our communities.
It is so hard to believe that human trafficking is happening right in our communities, as well as all over the world. It is up to us to make a change in this world. It’s up to us to no longer close our eyes. It is up to us to be difference makers.
This was brought to light in a recent movie from Angel Studios featuring Jim Caviezel called The Sound of Freedom. That movie shook me to my very core, and left me wondering what I can do.
I recently connected with Steph through a mutual friend and have begun a process of figuring out what I can do as an individual and as a leader. During a recent conversation with Steph I asked her why a person should do this. to which she responded.; “If we don't then who will?”
Steph also shared her big dream and near realized goal of opening a new community gathering place called the Storyteller Cafe. This cafe will bring people together in community to educate, engage and support activism in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Profits from the cafe will also help provide job opportunities and safe housing for survivors in a place of restoration and healing. How amazing is that! You can learn more about The Storyteller Cafe here: https://www.storytellercafemn.org/
Every person has a story and every story has worth. Steph lives this out through her organization. In fact, she shares those very words (and more) in her story about the founding of Storyteller Foundation on their web site!.
As I close this I want to ask you to go see the movie. Human Trafficking is not a conspiracy theory – it is tragically very real, and you can be a part of the change this world needs. Be a warrior for the vulnerable by watching for suspicious activity and reporting what you see. You can also be a warrior by walking alongside and supporting organizations like the Storyteller Foundation that work to help children, women and other vulnerable adults to break free.
Like Steph, you can be a Difference Maker!
Photos/Story by: Nielsen Studios
Editing by: Scott Whitman